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Graduate Student Experiences at Illinois
April-June 2006 (vol. 28 no. 2)
pp. 56-62
This personal account describes various experiences of a 1950s graduate student who worked at the University of Illinois?s Digital Computer Laboratory. Anecdotes recount some of the era?s rigorous academic requirements and early work assignments performed for the IBM 701 and Illiac computers.

1. ORDVAC Manual, Univ. of Illinois for Ballistic Research Laboratories, 2 volumes, 31 Oct. 1951.
2. Illiac Programming: A Guide to the Preparation of Problems for Solution by the University of Illinois Computer, Digital Computer Laboratory, Graduate College, Univ. of Illinois, 1 Mar. 1954.
3. Illiac: Circuit Drawings and Logical Diagrams, Univ. of Illinois, Graduate College, Digital Computer Laboratory, 1 Nov. 1956.
4. A.W. Burks, H.H. Goldstine, and J. von Neumann, Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument, Inst. for Advanced Study, June 1946.
5. H.H. Goldstine, "Systematics of Automatic Electronic Computers," Proc. Darmstadt Colloquium, Oct. 1955.
6. F. Williams and T. Kilburn, "A Storage System for Use with Binary-Digital Computing Machines," Proc. IEE, vol. 96, part II, no. 50, Institution of Electrical Engineers, Apr. 1949, pp. 183–202.
7. C.E. Shannon and J. McCarthy eds., Automata Studies, Annals of Mathematics Studies series, no. 34, Princeton Univ. Press, 1956.
8. R.E. Miller,, "Formal Analysis and Synthesis of Bilateral Switching Networks," IRE Trans. Electronic Computers, vol. EC-7, Sept. 1958, pp. 231–244.
9. On the Design of a Very High-Speed Computer, Report No. 80, Univ. of Illinois, Graduate College, Digital Computer Laboratory, Oct. 1957.
10. D.E. Muller and W.S. Bartky, "A Theory of Asynchronous Circuits," Proc. Int'l Symp. Theory of Switching, Part 1, Harvard Univ. Press, 1959, pp. 204–243.
11. "Introduction to Speed-Independent Circuits," Session IV, Proc. 2nd Ann. Symp. Switching Circuit Theory and Logical Design, AIEE, 1961, pp. 85–110. Organized by David E. Muller, this session included four papers: R.E. Miller, "An Introduction to Speed Independent Circuit Theory"; R.E. Swartwout, "One Method for Designing Speed Independent Logic for Control"; J.E. Robertson, "Problems in the Physical Realization of Speed Independent Circuits"; and D.B. Gillies, "A Flowchart Notation for the Description of a Speed Independent Control."

Index Terms:
1950s computing, graduate student experiences, University of Illinois, Digital Computer Laboratory
Citation:
Raymond E. Miller, "Graduate Student Experiences at Illinois," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 56-62, April-June 2006, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2006.31
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